The $707 caviar and rack of lamb dinner that Jared Kupiec charged to his city-issued credit card was enough of a dark cloud over Mayor Pedro Segarra, who accepted Kupiec’s resignation last month as chief of staff.
Kupiec, 30, told people that he planned to go to law school.
Now Hartford police is investigating whether Kupiec broke the law by using a city vehicle without permission about two weeks after his last day on the job. As our colleague David Owens reports, a police officer on Monday noticed the 2010 Ford Explorer as one of several vehicles that were broken into on Capitol Avenue, near the Main Street intersection. Kupiec lives nearby at 17 Capitol Ave.
At first, Kupiec told the officer that he didn’t know how the vehicle ended up near his home. According to Maribel La Luz, the mayor’s spokeswoman, Kupiec later changed his story and told police that he had recently used the Explorer — even though the city believed he had turned in the vehicle on June 21, his last day.
In a statement, Segarra said he was “deeply disturbed and disappointed by this news. We’re getting all the facts and will act accordingly.”
Kupiec did not respond to a voicemail message that Owens left on his cellphone last night.